Adult Vaccination: New Guidelines

New Adult Vaccination Schedule Includes Protection From Shingles

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Oct. 19, 2007 -- The CDC has updated its adult vaccination schedule.

Changes to the adult vaccination schedule include:

  • Varicella vaccine: This vaccine, which targets the chickenpox virus, is now recommended for all adults without evidence of immunity to varicella (such as people who haven't had chickenpox).
  • Herpes zoster vaccine: Recommended for everyone aged 60 and older. This vaccine guards against shingles.
  • HPV vaccine: Recommended for all girls and women aged 11-26. This vaccine targets four strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
  • Whooping cough vaccine: The tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is recommended for all adults aged 64 or younger whose last tetanus-diphtheria booster shot was at least 10 years ago.

Of course, those aren't the only vaccines that are recommended for adults. The full list includes:

Talk to your doctor to see which vaccines you need.

The CDC's latest adult vaccination schedule is endorsed by the American College of Physicians.

The full schedule of recommended vaccinations for adults appears on the CDC's web site, in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on October 19, 2007


SOURCES: CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 19, 2007; vol 56: pp Q1-Q4. CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Annals of Internal Medicine, Oct. 18, 2007; online edition. Poland, G. Annals of Internal Medicine, Oct. 18, 2007; online edition. CDC: "Adult Immunization Schedule." News release, American College of Physicians.

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